ESA Says Expects Strong NASA Support After Mars Mission Suspended Due to Ukraine War

ESA said in March that it was suspending cooperation with Russia's Roscosmos space agency on their joint ExoMars rover mission.

ESA Says Expects Strong NASA Support After Mars Mission Suspended Due to Ukraine War

In March, ESA had suspended cooperation with Roscosmos on the ExoMars rover mission

Highlights
  • ESA suspended cooperation with Russia following Ukraine’s invasion
  • ESA is reportedly in talks with NASA over the possible support
  • The European Space Agency said in June it had held talks with Roscosmos

The European Space Agency (ESA) said on Wednesday that it expects strong support from its US counterpart NASA after the European agency's plans to cooperate with Russia on a Mars research mission were suspended due to the Ukraine war.

ESA said in March that it was suspending cooperation with Russia's Roscosmos space agency on their joint ExoMars rover mission to search for signs of life on the surface of Mars in the wake of the Ukraine war and sanctions imposed on Moscow.

ESA said in June it had held talks with Roscosmos but gave no indication of the outcome.

"Administrator Bill Nelson has given us a clear message: NASA wants to help Europe in this situation," ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher told journalists at a news conference at the ILA Berlin Air Show trade fair.

He added that ESA talks with NASA over the possible support would be finalised in the coming weeks.


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